Allan Gray - Orbis Global Balanced Feeder Fund
If we reach our foreign investment limit in future, we will need to close these unit trusts.
We recently wrote to investors asking them to vote on a number of amendments to the Fund. These amendments were to convert the Fund from a fund of funds structure to a feeder fund structure that invests solely in the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund, rename the Fund in line with this change to the Allan Gray-Orbis Global Balanced Feeder Fund, and change the Fund’s benchmark to be aligned with that of the underlying Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund. More than 99% of votes received were in favour of the proposed amendments to the Fund. The amendments were implemented on 1 June 2021. The transition to fully invest in the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund will be managed over a maximum period of 4 weeks after 1 June 2021.
Invest in global assets
The Allan Gray-Orbis Global Balanced Feeder Fund’s goal is to create long-term wealth for investors by investing in a mix of global asset classes. It aims to perform better than a portfolio which comprises 60% the MSCI World Index with net dividends reinvested and 40% the J.P. Morgan GBI Global Index.
The Global Balanced Feeder Fund is suitable for you if:
- You want to invest offshore in rands
- You want to invest in a range of global assets to grow your capital over the long term, without investing fully in global shares
- You are comfortable with global market and currency movements
- You accept the potential for capital loss, but less than in a global equity unit trust
- You are ideally investing for between three and five years (measuring performance in the unit trust’s currency)
Performance after fees with all distributions reinvested
as at 31 May 2021 (in rands)
Benchmark: 60% of the MSCI World Index with net dividends reinvested and 40% of the J.P. Morgan GBI Global Index. From inception to 31 May 2021, the benchmark was 60% of the FTSE World Index including income and 40% of the J.P. Morgan GBI Global Index.
as at 31 May 2021
This is a way of reporting the return earned over a period as a percentage per year. Although the figure stated implies that the same percentage return was delivered every year, the actual return in each year may have been more or less than the reported figure, depending on the unit trust’s volatility. Annualised performance reporting simplifies comparison across different time periods and across different types of investments.
as at 31 May 2021
This unit trust invests solely in the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund, which seeks to balance investment returns and risk of loss by investing in a diversified global portfolio of shares, fixed income and commodity-linked instruments. The Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund targets an exposure of between 40-90% in shares, 10-50% in fixed income and 0-10% in commodity-linked instruments. The overall exposure to shares is intended to be limited to 75%, by hedging a portion of the shares.
The weighting among the asset classes is determined by where Orbis is finding the best value and may deviate substantially compared to its benchmark. Orbis shares our investment philosophy, which is applied on a global scale across asset classes. The currency exposure is actively managed and focuses on managing exposure to currencies less likely to hold their long-term value, when measured in US dollars.
as at 31 May 2021
What are the costs?
All the Allan Gray-Orbis Global Balanced Feeder Fund’s expenses, including the investment management fee charged by Orbis in the underlying Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund, are deducted before performance figures are calculated. There are no separate or additional fees. The total investment charge is broken down below:
Orbis Investment management fee1View fee breakdown
Benchmark performance4View summary
Out- or underperformance5
Total expense ratio (TER)3
Total investment charge
1 Investment management fees are charged for the investment manager’s investment research and decision-making.
2 This includes audit fees, taxes and other administration costs.
3 This is a measure of the actual costs that have been deducted from the unit trust over the past three years to 31 March 2021 (annualised).
The fee charged for benchmark performance is charged within the underlying Orbis unit trusts for performance equal to the relevant unit trust’s benchmark.
5 The portion of the investment management fee that is added or deducted for performance above or below the unit trust's benchmark performance.
The investment management fee depends on performance
Orbis charges a fee within the underlying Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund, which depends on how well the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund performs against its benchmark. A portion of this fee is paid to Allan Gray for marketing and distribution and Allan Gray does not charge any additional fees. The Orbis fee is described in more detail on the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund factsheet, which can be found at www.orbis.com.
Note: There may be slight discrepancies in the totals due to rounding.
Important information for investors
Collective Investment Schemes in Securities (unit trusts) are generally medium- to long-term investments. The value of units may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The Management Company does not provide any guarantee regarding the capital or the performance of its unit trusts. Unit trusts may be closed to new investments at any time in order for them to be managed according to their mandates. Unit trusts are traded at ruling prices and can engage in borrowing and scrip lending.
Performance figures are provided by Allan Gray and are for lump sum investments with income distributions reinvested. Actual investor performance may differ as a result of the investment date, the date of reinvestment and dividend withholding tax. Movements in exchange rates may also be the cause of the value of underlying international investments going up or down. Unit trust prices are calculated on a net asset value basis, which is the total market value of all assets in the unit trust including any income accruals and less any permissible deductions from the unit trust, divided by the number of units in issue. Forward pricing is used and fund valuations take place at approximately 16:00 each business day. Purchase and redemption requests must be received by 14:00 each business day to receive that day’s price. Unit trust prices are available daily on our prices page. Permissible deductions may include management fees, brokerage, Securities Transfer Tax (STT), auditor’s fees, bank charges and trustee fees. A schedule of fees, charges and maximum commissions is available on request from the Management Company.
The total expense ratio (TER) is the percentage of the unit trust's average assets under management that has been used to pay the unit trust's operating expenses over the past year. The TER includes the annual management fees that have been charged (both the fee at benchmark and any performance component charged), trading costs (including brokerage, STT, STRATE and FSB Investor Protection Levy), VAT and other expenses. Since unit trust expenses vary, the current TER cannot be used as an indication of future TERs. The unit trust’s performance figures are quoted after the deduction of costs incurred within the unit trust so the TER is not a new cost. A higher TER ratio does not necessarily imply a poor return, nor does a low TER imply a good return. Instead, when investing, the investment objective of the unit trust should be aligned with the investor’s objective and compared against the performance of the unit trust. TERs should then be used to evaluate whether the unit trust performance offers value for money.
While this Fund has been approved for marketing to the public in Botswana, by the Regulatory Authority of Botswana, the Fund is not supervised or licensed in Botswana. It is a registered collective investment scheme portfolio, registered, approved and regulated by the South African Financial Services Board. The Facilities Agent for the Fund in Botswana is Allan Gray (Botswana) (Proprietary) Limited at Plot 545354, 2nd Floor, Building 2, Central Square, New CBD, Gaborone, Botswana where investors can obtain a trust deed and financial reports.
In accordance with section 11(i) of the Botswana Income Tax act (Chapter 52; 01), an amount accrued to any person shall be deemed to have accrued from a source situated in Botswana where it has accrued to such person in respect of any investment made outside Botswana by a resident of Botswana; provided that section 11 (i) shall not apply to foreign investment income of non-citizens resident in Botswana. Botswana residents who have invested in the shares of the Fund are therefore required to declare income earned from this Fund when preparing their annual tax returns.
A portion of this fee is paid to Allan Gray for marketing and distribution and Allan Gray does not charge any additional fees. The Orbis fee is described in more detail on the Orbis SICAV Global Balanced Fund factsheet.
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